Prepare to reimagine your leadership profile to skillfully navigate challenges, manage disruptions, and envision sustainable internationalization initiatives with the NAFSA Executive Internationalization Leadership e-Institute (e-Institute). Applications to become a member of the 2023–24 cohort are being accepted through June 20.

Building Your Professional Network

The e-Institute is a yearlong, cohort model program that fosters connections with other senior international officers and international education leaders. The program provides virtual networking opportunities throughout the year and an in-person social gathering at the NAFSA annual conference. Participants also become part of the e-Institute alumni network.

Who Should Apply?

The e-Institute is designed for leaders with more than 3 years of experience who are currently in an internationalization leadership role at an institution of higher education. Leaders inside and outside of the United States are welcome to apply.

What Will You Learn?

The program consists of four units that explore strategies and promising practices in critical areas:

  • Comprehensive internationalization leadership and strategy
  • Administration
  • Academic engagement and integration
  • Partnerships and outreach

Continuous themes frame the content in each unit: diversity, equity, and inclusion; ethics; leveraging data and resources; and staff development and team building. Participants in the e-Institute are provided with a portfolio of related electronic resources that includes rich content featured in NAFSA e-books, publications, white papers, webinars, presentations, and workshops. All participants will be able to effectively employ elements of NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies 2.0 for their unique needs.

Program Faculty and Mentors

The e-Institute is presented by an experienced team of program faculty who are global campus internationalization experts. Program faculty have managed internationalization initiatives, published extensively, and presented at numerous workshops, forums, and conferences.

In addition to receiving access to program faculty, each e-Institute participant is partnered with a mentor who provides individualized coaching. Group and individual mentor sessions occur throughout the year and focus on linking theory to practice and discussing approaches to complex real-life situations. Individualized coaching and assistance enable each participant to develop success strategies unique to their needs.

E-Institute Participant Testimonials

“Through this program, I was able to see the bigger picture and take action towards a broader campus internationalization strategy. I was able to extend and [en]vision beyond the scope of my own role and unit. I also closed several of my own knowledge gaps, and I applied the program resources directly to real day-to-day situations that my team and I were encountering. It was an essential professional growth activity for me as a leader of international education programs.”

“Whether it was the one-on-ones with the mentor, the discussions with the cohort members, time spent with the NAFSA staff, or the additions to our resource libraries, each aspect of the e-Institute has been designed to ensure that participants gain new skills, knowledge, and competencies that serve the comprehensive and strategic internationalization of their institution.”

The e-Institute is part of a suite of NAFSA leadership development programs that enable international education professionals to advance at every stage of their career.